r/MadeMeSmile 12d ago

I struggled with depression for a while. But today I decided to throw a birthday party. And it was the most beautiful day in years. Wholesome Moments

https://i.redd.it/y7cfs4rjjbt71.jpg

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u/IAmMostDope92 12d ago edited 12d ago

“For my birthday I threw me a surprise party” - 2 Chainz

Happy Birthday 🎈🎂

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thanks! That’s a nice quote

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u/SetatX 12d ago

"Go shawty it's your birthday we gonna party like it's your birthday..."-50 cent

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u/ToothlessHippie 12d ago

“Boy, when you're with me

I'll give you a taste

Make it like your birthday everyday”

-Katy Perry

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u/PapaTugz 12d ago

“I wanna eat the whole cake

I'm not sharing

I'm not sharing”

-Borgore

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u/FuzzyCrocks 12d ago

That's too much

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u/TheLowlyPheasant 12d ago edited 12d ago

The older I get the more I appreciate his message. He’s offering consensual sex and a really wonderful drug without any strings attached. I’m not a girl or gay, but if I was I would consider taking 9 shots from him

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u/PsychologicalTomato7 12d ago

Why is This comment so weirdly out of pocket 😂😂😂

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u/happierthanuare 12d ago

Not to mention a whole bottle of champagne, a hug, & a massage!! He is even still really graciously offering these things whether it’s my birthday or not! What a gem.

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u/Secure_Zombie8413 12d ago

Thnx dude for reminding that masterpiece. Those OLD days were just awesome

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u/kudatah 12d ago

Happy birthday! Hope you can you treat everyday like a birthday.

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u/BestFrenzy 12d ago

I’m not sure man, you get real old real fast

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u/ArjJp 12d ago

How's that work tho?? Get high, set up birthday party, pass out, wake up...Boom! Self-surprise birthday party!!

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u/BlueberryB-Laine 12d ago

Could work

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u/xkm5oeinpc 12d ago

Obviously work

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u/drugzarecool 12d ago

What if I already do that every day ?

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u/HugsyMalone 12d ago

"Old timers" disease.

**hugz** 🤗🤗🤗

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u/fuck-cumiseverywhere 12d ago

his life changed when he had his 1st daughter

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u/tnecidanarch 12d ago

glad you’re doing better now, happy birthday

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u/PrettyCartographer39 12d ago

I hope your birthday turns out just like you… awesome.I wish you a birthday as amazing as you are!The world is a better place since you've been in it. Enjoy your Birthday.

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u/PlasticUnicat 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd OP :D

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u/Plastic_Pinocchio 12d ago

Ik zag het huis aan de overkant en wist meteen dat het Nederland was.

En toen zag ik de Bugles.

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u/GodOfThunder888 12d ago

En ik de AH bakjes haha

Gefeliciteerd OP!

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u/captainchaos1992l 12d ago

Hahaha ik ook aan de bakjes het is toch geweldig dat je meteen denkt oh nog een nederlander

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u/captainhindsight9358 12d ago

Ik zag het ook in 1 oogopslag. Vraag me af of andere landen dit ook hebben

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u/Firefoxpichu 12d ago

Ja gek is dat, ik zag het ook meteen. Twijfelde wel eventjes of het anders misschien België zou zijn ofzo haha

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u/automatedalice268 12d ago

Ja, ik twijfelde ook. België of Nederland.

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u/Plastic_Pinocchio 12d ago

Amerika sowieso. Verenigd Koninkrijk ook. En er zijn vast nog wel andere landen met zo’n herkenbare bouwstijl.

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u/flepdrol 12d ago

Ik had exact hetzelfde. Bouwstijl direct herkenbaar.

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u/Matzeeh 12d ago

Lmao it was the Bugles for me as well

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u/TheRealThreeSheep 12d ago

Zelfde hahaha

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u/Rawaqy 12d ago

Hahahaha alles screams Nederland

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u/SophistNow 12d ago

Haha ik wou ook al gefeliciteerd zeggen. Heerlijk Nederlands beeld.

Gefeliciteerd!

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u/Wicked2707 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!

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u/Alexthegreatbelgian 12d ago

G E F E L I C I T E E R D

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u/DaanHai 12d ago

Ik doe het even zo. Gefeliciteerd allemaal

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u/DutchChickenSoup 12d ago

Zoveel Nederlanders hier 😀🎉🎊

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u/IGotDibsYo 12d ago

Eh ja. Proficiat 🥳

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thanks!

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u/Laletje 12d ago

Yup! Gefeliciteerd!! 😊

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u/Amphibionomus 12d ago

Je hebt heel wat te vieren! Van harte!

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u/I-have-a-yacht 12d ago

Gefeliciflapstaaart!

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u/LalaLaraSophie 12d ago

Van harte!!

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u/brushandpea 12d ago

Goed gedaan! Gefeliciteerd!

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u/SlightlyWorrying 12d ago edited 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd Simone, we zijn allemaal trots op je! Ik heb precies hetzelfde als jij meegemaakt, pas na jarenlang studeren en feesten in Amsterdam met PTSS geconfronteerd worden, met alle consequenties vandien; depressie, therapie, terug op krabbelen, etc. Dus ik weet precies hoe zwaar zo'n traject is. Dus echt dikke props :)

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u/IrisSaskia 12d ago

Fijne verjaardag 🎂 🎁 🎉 🎈 🍰 💐 🎊 🍻

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u/hoktabar 12d ago

Gefelisimone! Was het wel een echte kring verjaardag?

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u/-Apocralypse- 12d ago

Van harte gefeliciteerd! Goed gedaan 😉

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u/Radagast-Istari 12d ago

Gefeliciflopflapflipstaart!

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u/jaceapoc 12d ago

Bless you

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u/Saendre 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! En wat een schitterende orchideeën!

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u/Spekpannenkoek 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!

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u/thoompie7 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!!

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u/itwarrior 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!!!

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u/basbeer 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd en sterkte

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u/LeonBo 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!

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u/PlasticUnicat 12d ago

Wilde nog schrijven dat je ook trots mag zijn op jezelf! En ik hoop dat er nog vele mooie verjaardagen bij zullen komen :D

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u/FuckingKilljoy 12d ago

How did you know they were Dutch?

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u/Harshal_Hatters 12d ago

The house across the street is very typical, and the food on the table is recognizable as coming from the largest grocery store chain in the Netherlands.

It's just all details combined leaves little doubt.

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u/RustEvangelist10xer 12d ago

They can smell each other through the screen.

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u/Painlessx 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd! ❤

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u/deez_pea_nuts 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd! ❤️

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u/allicsirpart 12d ago edited 12d ago

Van harte gefeliciteerd! Maak er een mooi dagje van

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u/viijou 12d ago

Hehe I noticed it too because if the house and I was 100% sure when I saw the bread and the yellow thingy :D Happy birthday OP 🎂🥳

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u/anotherqueenx 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd! <3

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u/fmlneverlucky 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd OP! 💐🎉

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u/Rozekoek1149 12d ago

Inderdaad gefeliciteerd OP.

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u/Chrispeltel 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd en op naar een mooi jaar!

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u/pompeiiworm 12d ago

Haha same

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u/MisterThinky 12d ago

Clearly the Netherlands!

Fijn dat je een goeie dag had. Houd het gevoel vast💪🏼

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u/MolochAlter 12d ago

The food is a giveaway. I have the same tub of cherry tomatoes in the fridge right now.

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u/pfefferminz 12d ago

Same, I thought I was looking at a Copenhagen flat!

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u/simoonne 12d ago edited 12d ago

Everyone is so nice! Thank you all!

I want to add a bit more context to the story: Last year I was diagnosed with complexed PTSD due a rough childhood. I was afraid of everything when I was younger, and never felt save enough to talk about it. I kept going on… Studied, worked, partied, until one day I didn’t know how to handle the stress and emotions anymore (last year) and I decided I didn’t wanted to live anymore. And survived a suicide attempt.

I was hospitalized for a while but luckily I got help. It was a very rough road, but here I am!

My friends and family didn’t know anything about my PTSD until I had to open up. Now they’re very supportive!

I’m aware that I’m lucky. Mental help is not self-evident.

Keep talking about it openly. There’s someone there to help you.

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u/ppppie_ 12d ago

glad you’re doing better now, happy birthday

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u/shoobiedoobie 12d ago

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always struggled with mental health, especially in the last few years, but because I believe my issues to be so minor compared to stories like this that I hear/read, I dismiss it and keep it in. My life has been pretty good, my family was decently well off growing up, and I’ve always had what I wanted growing up. So I never really thought I deserved to be depressed.

I’ve never had the courage to share or even talk to my closest friends/family about it. It all came to a breaking point last week where I caused a head on accident (thankfully no one was seriously hurt) and my first reaction after making sure everyone was ok was that I didn’t want to live anymore. I realized that’s not a normal reaction and that it’s been the culmination of many things over my life. I think I’ll finally reach out for some professional help to talk to.

I don’t know why I’m sharing this, but seeing you have such a beautiful day despite your demons really touched me. I hope things only keep getting better for you, we all deserve a shot at happiness!

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u/bungiefrumper 12d ago

Sorry about the collision and glad folks are okay. I used to feel the same as you and if I could give my ‘5 years ago self’ any advice: seek help sooner. No shame… general practitioners/family docs can be a good start to get prescribed an SSRI. Something like Better Help/Sondermind is a good gateway into therapy, at least it was for me and is a good first start to lifting the weight off your shoulders. I feel a lot less depressed now and way less anxious. I wish I would’ve sought out help sooner. If you need any more advice or want to ask questions, feel free to hit me up. Hang in there

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u/TheLowlyPheasant 12d ago

I come from a similar background, have a great life with a wife and daughter I adore, and have horrible, suicidal depression that medication mostly mitigates. If I go off my meds for even a short while I get a voice in my head telling me to kill myself after every minor incident and inconvenience. It’s something that took me until I was an adult to realize, but some depression is caused by abuse, circumstance, and neglect, but sometimes it’s just that your brain chemistry was prepared by an undergrad with a hangover.

I can’t speak in certainties, but my advice is seek that help and then try medications until you find one that works without side effects you can’t live with (for me it was my dick went numb on most SSRIs). You’re lucky to ‘just’ have depression without extreme trauma, but that doesn’t mean it can’t ruin your life if ignored. Good luck!

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u/Competitive_Bee_5530 12d ago

Always remember you’re emotions are valid. When you are drowning it doesn’t matter if it is in a puddle or the ocean.. no one can judge or understand the inner workings of the soul without being in your shoes.. seek help, formal or informal.. life is beautiful.. existence is worth the struggle..

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u/PQ_La_Cloche_Sonne 12d ago

Indeed, not to make unnecessary light of a serious matter, but your puddle vs ocean comment reminds me of the fact that Buffy the Vampire Slayer literally died (the first of 2 times lol) by drowning in a puddle! Any amount of struggle is real.

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u/Commander_Night_17 12d ago

Happy birthday it my lil bros birthday too

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u/Gamefreak013_PS4 12d ago

Yay '93 babies.

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u/D3ATH_Follows_All 12d ago

I will tell you as I'm currently suffering through PTSD and recurring nightmares of my motorcycle crash I survived... the sleepless nights, the fear of sleep, the sleep deprivation, the uncontrollable mind distortion and stress... it feels like suicide is the only way out, but it isn't.

I'm glad you're still here, OP. I hope you always have a safe outlet and a loving, caring support group/family.

You're not alone, we're all on this rock together, and we'll all make it another day.

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u/LemonsCanMemeToo 12d ago

This will undoubtedly speak to someone's heart, and potentially guide them to a path that will make their lives more bearable by being open about it. Thanks for sharing your story, and happy birthday!

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u/LegalBeagleBagel 12d ago

Nacho bugles? Hell yeah!

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u/glamgal50 12d ago

I didn’t even know they were a thing. I’ve only had the original. I’ll have to pick some up when I go grocery shopping tomorrow.

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u/DutchVanTe 12d ago

What do you mean the original? I thought this was the original. This has been my fav since i was a kid

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u/tbonecoco 12d ago

The original is just salted, I think.

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u/glamgal50 12d ago

Original as in their first recipe with no added flavors. Just plain salty corn goodness. I’m not sure when other flavors came out but I think original was the only flavor when I was a kid.

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u/IEatLightBulbsSoWhat 12d ago

i was mostly thrown off by the Lays logo. since when do they make Bugles?

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u/AmazingCorn21 12d ago edited 12d ago

Lays bought Smiths

EDIT: PepsiCo bought General Mills and phased out the name Smiths and changed it to Lays

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u/IEatLightBulbsSoWhat 12d ago edited 12d ago

as an american that's even more confusing since i've never heard of Smiths, and General Mills makes Bugles over here.

I looked into it and now I'm even more lost. Apparently Tom's is in the Bugle game as well in some countries. I always thought Tom's was nothing more than an underdog Lay's competitor. But here they are producing a product alongside Lay's and neither company owns the Bugles name. And don't even get me started on 'Walkers' which just appears to be a bizarro Lay's. Then there's about 15 other companies making Bugles around the world- all using the General Mills-owned 'Bugles' trademark.

I never realized how complex the international snack market is.

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u/AmazingCorn21 12d ago edited 12d ago

Well I also googeled a little bit and basically (this is all Europe based), back in 2001 the Smiths food group changed their Smiths branded products to Lays (most of it) in the Netherlands. Some chips, bugles, HamKas, Nibb'its, Wokkels, still used the Smiths name probably because of their unique shape. Then in 2004, PepsiCo bought the European joint venture share of General Mills, which is the owner of the Smiths name. In 2015 it was time for all BeNeLux people to say goodbye to their Smiths branded chips and say hello to Lays (and Cheetos, don't forget Cheetos). In the higher end, nationwide grocery store lines (don't really know local brands or stores), your chips brands are Lays, Croky, Doritos, Cheetos, Pringles, Chio or home brand. We also don't refer to "oh get us some paprika chips" we would say "can you bring Lays or home brand paprika chips? Those Croky ones are way too thin!" We also have Sweet Chili Lays Bugles, combined with cream cheese or herbed cheese or heksenkaas those are the bomb.

Edit: might have made some people mad when I said Croky are the thin ones. First of all, it's up to personal preference but my doozy morning brain meant Lays, not Croky.

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u/Marwoleath 12d ago

Im sorry what? Lays and homebrand are like very soft and feel more like compressed potatoes, croky chips are actually super crunchy and sooo good! Also feel like they have way more taste. They are not thin at all! Croky Ribbel chips is like perfect even

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u/AmazingCorn21 12d ago

I might be mixing them up, I thought Croky was the thin one but that might be Lays, which also makes Lays soft. Tbh, either Lays or Croky are both very very good, even their ribbel variants. And yes Croky is tastier imo. Recently been a big fan of just Lays superchips paprika. Ribbel chips above all other chips, but mini frietjes will always have a special place.

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u/jimbelushiapplesauce 12d ago

just wait until you hear about the bag colors & flavor names of Doritos in various parts of the world

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u/Drachen1065 12d ago

Threw me off as well..

In the US they are a General Mills product. Not Lays.

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u/ari_reyne 12d ago

Based on the brands, decor, and style of the house outside, I'm 93% sure this is in the Netherlands

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u/Amphibionomus 12d ago

Make that 100%, lol. The whole thing is as Dutch as it gets.!

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u/sunsetsinner 12d ago

As a dutchie, I second this

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u/PapaLeo 12d ago

For me it was the "ja/nee" stickers on the mail slots of the houses opposite. 100%.

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u/PQ_La_Cloche_Sonne 12d ago

What do those stickers mean if you don’t mind me asking please?

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u/bonyuri 12d ago

It’s for flyers and commercials through the mail. It’s “Yes” (Ja) for stuff that has your name and address on it and “No” (Nee) for anything “generic” that’s not directly addressed to you.

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u/PQ_La_Cloche_Sonne 12d ago

ah I thought so! Kinda like the Australian version of “No Junk Mail”. Thanks for your help :)

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u/LegalBeagleBagel 12d ago

We desperately need this (among many other more important things) in the US! I hate getting shitty flyers in my mailbox

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u/courseunhero 12d ago

Came here to say this.

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u/Nole_in_ATX 12d ago

OP better be putting a Bugle on each fingertip

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u/LegalBeagleBagel 12d ago

This is the way

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u/AmishAvenger 12d ago

Somehow I’m not sure that’s going to be sufficient for the 30 different varieties of dip

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u/-Apocralypse- 12d ago

Those are also spreads for the bag of sliced french bread (upper left on table) and OP might also have some crackers somewhere in the kitchen in case those ran out.

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u/goodnessforall 12d ago

That’s awesome! I’m glad you had a great day.

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!!

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u/54sdnzbuvt 12d ago

I also hope that.

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u/Darth_Jar_Jar 12d ago

Happy birthday! Hope you enjoyed the sunshine!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you so much

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u/feminine_daze 12d ago

I turn 28 tomorrow. Happy birthday

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thanks! Happy birthday to you too!!

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u/renecharles 12d ago

Fuck yeah!!!! Happy birthday. Mmm doesn’t that feel good? What an awesome gift to yourself. ❤️ I’ve been majorly depressed for a little over ten years. I recently started doing some inner child work along with other things, but whenever I do something like this for myself, I feel like it’s my older self doing mid thirties work on me the same way I’m doing inner child work. Like future me is coming back to help make things better because future me isn’t depressed and is sorting all the post depression clean up, starting with loving and accepting me in all my shit. Anyway, this is wonderful. Is doesn’t end here. There’s absolutely no rush, but whenever you’re ready for more, its ready and waiting for you.

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u/simoonne 12d ago edited 12d ago

Thank you.

Did you try doing things older you would like? That said, maybe your younger you need some attention too? You ever tried doing things younger you lived? It might sound stupid, but give the little child in you some caring.

Sorry if this sounds a bit floaty or know-it-all.

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u/Rubyhamster 12d ago

Have you guys tried cognitive therapy? It's what saved my ass. Avoiding "thought traps" and teach my brain how to think "healthily" is something I have to recommend wherever I go. You have my sympathy.

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u/LadyLuckIsNotMyName 12d ago

This is great advise, not floaty or know-it-all. Don't worry about what age you should act/feel. My friend talked about loving her birthday parties as a kid, but not as an adult. She went through some rough years. So when she turned 30 she decided to throw a kids party for a group of friends. Decorations, party hats, candy, games.. Invite even said 'make sure to wear clothes that may get dirty'. Everything a kid would like and we had a blast. Hands down best party in years!

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u/Gullible-Flan 12d ago

Glad you had an amazing day. I still struggle with it even seeing a psychologist. Some days you just don’t even want to exist.

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u/simoonne 12d ago

I been there. I still have those days.

For me it helps to accept that those days are a part of live (okay, everyone says that, but hear me out!).

When I feel I don't want to exist, I don't exist. I sit on my couch. Watching stupid shows, or just staring into the fucking dark world. And I wait till this awful feeling is over. It's okay to feel those feelings. It's part of our lives now. Live isn't a happy-clappy place. And that fucking sucks.

Try to not be hard on yourself. It's okay to feel awful.

Did you ever try to do something you liked to do as a child?

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u/Aegi 12d ago

Plus this might sound a little cynical, but something that helped me get over my depression were the following two thoughts:

1.) I can always kill myself later, but if I kill myself now I don’t even have that option anymore.

2.) nothing matters, which in turn means I get to choose what matters, so because nothing matters I might as well do whatever the fuck I want!

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u/mrsc1880 12d ago

Man, I love dips. Guacamole, sour cream and onion? Doesn't matter. Your party looks awesome! Happy birthday!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!

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u/RealDotattorney 12d ago

Came here to say this. Those dips tho!!!!! Where was my invitation?

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u/Upbeat_Cat1182 12d ago edited 12d ago

Happy Birthday! Sto lat! Sto lat! (Which loosely translated from Polish means: “100 years”, as in, “may you live 100 years”.) 🎈🎂🌟💙

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u/simoonne 12d ago

That’s a reeeeaaallly long time! But after years of depression, I finally hope that I live a 100 years!

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u/Upbeat_Cat1182 12d ago

Honestly, I have tears in my eyes over your post. My son became majorly depressed when he was 16/17. By the Grace of God he is alive and better now. Never give up. Never ever give up. There is hope and there is help.

I sincerely wish you many more HAPPY birthdays.

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u/turdburgandy1 12d ago

Happy birthday!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!

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u/redditlike5times 12d ago

Damn that looks delicious! Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 🎈 🎁 🎊

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!!!

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u/palomabarcelona 12d ago

Happy happy birthday! So glad you are doing well and that you have supportive friends & family around you! May this year be a great one followed by even greater ones! 🥳

PS: this total stranger on Reddit is proud of you for getting help and happy you are here to celebrate your 28th! Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part.

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you so much for being proud of me.

Asking for help is very hard... but it's so important! Even though your family of friends are not openminded: there are always some people in the world who wants to help you!

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u/the_broke_bloke 12d ago

Happy birthday!! May you have a great year and life ahead!!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thanks!

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u/Whiskey_Knight 12d ago

Happy birthday from 14,116km away !

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thanks! How do you know that exact location? Lol

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u/Sgaapje 12d ago

Omdat dit er zo Nederlands uit ziet haha

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u/Ellivena 12d ago

Was ook het eerste wat ik dacht

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u/mysmileisa_rifle 12d ago

Not the person you're replying to, but once you recognize the details, it's very easy to pin point the area. I picked it up in a second and I'm an expat. Gefeliciteerd!

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u/Whiskey_Knight 12d ago

Your cool photo of the windmill mentions a location and I kinda know where I am. Google did the distance calc and they never lie.

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u/Sativized 12d ago

Plus you let them know down on the street you wuz eighty-two! JK, Happy 28th!!!

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u/Iknowmorethanyou2 12d ago

Im so excited for you!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!!

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u/sambar_rasam 12d ago

Happy birthday! I love your space by the way. Super aesthetic ✨

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u/karebear66 12d ago

I'm so happy you broke on through to the other side. Happy life.

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u/simoonne 12d ago

I'm feeling very welcome on this side thanks to you guys!

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u/Thicc-Milk 12d ago

I have been struggling with depression since I was in middle school and now it’s been a year since I graduated from high school. Last time I had a party was when I was 14. I don’t really have any friends and the only people prevalent in my life is my dad and boyfriend but they are both struggling with money so we don’t do anything big. I just get maybe one or two presents and call it a day. I wish I could make my birthday a big deal but it’s just like any other day for me, I don’t ever really tell anybody at work that it’s my birthday cause it’s not that important. But in any case, happy birthday to you OP. Hope your day was amazing!!

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u/ShooeyTheGreat 12d ago

Bugles rock

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u/Cloudyyyy 12d ago

Gefeliciteerd!!!!

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u/binarysolo_0000001 12d ago

Happy birthday!!! 🎊🎁🎂

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u/xxl123tunic 12d ago

Happy birthday!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you so much!

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u/MaitreLovin 12d ago

Happy birthday ! Enjoy it xxx

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!!

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u/ghimp3 12d ago

❤️

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u/ASuperiorKid 12d ago

HBD my guy!!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you! Happy cakeday!

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u/forsakenonex 12d ago

Congratulations and happy birthday!

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u/f_ences 12d ago

Happy birthday! Can I be invited to the next one? It looks really cute I loved it

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Ha! That’s so nice! Thank you!!

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u/DuskyOliveBranch 12d ago

Happy birthday!! Type of cheese?

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u/lola_mouse91 12d ago

Happy birthday! I hope it keeps on getting better and better ☺️🥳🎂🎁

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you! I hope so too! I've got a good feeling about it

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Happy birthday! Happy for you loveyyyyy 💗💗

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Thank you!!!!!

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u/Fabulous-Increase301 12d ago

🎉Happy Birthday🎉 I am so happy to hear you had a nice day. I saw your comment about PTSD. I’m sorry to hear that. Your story nearly matches mine apart from I was only diagnosed earlier this year and have had some other unfortunate events happen within the last few years as well. I am still in the thick of it, trying to figure my way out of this. My whole life is a mess, in fact I don’t really have one. It feels like I have to climb a huge mountain and I can’t breathe. It’s extremely overwhelming. The past couple of years I have dreaded my birthday and the ones to come. Seeing you enjoy yours has made me smile 🙂 best wishes and here’s to a good year for you🥂

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u/simoonne 12d ago

I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe you can see it as a turning point instead of a mountain?

Personally, I felt like I was a -200, but then I finally got diagnosed and started at 0. Now I'm a +5. It's not much, but eh, it's a freaking start.

I started to do research. Small exercises. Even meditation (that didn't work out...). But I knew what was going on in my head and that I was by far not the only one... There is a way out. And you're at the start.

Okay, this may sounds a bit 'floaty'. And I'm just a stranger... thanks for sharing your story.

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u/paradiddle1978 12d ago

Happy Birthday! It's nice to read you made it out alive and that your family is behind you!! Much love!

Be who you needed when you were younger!!

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Yes!!! Be your younger you! don't be ashamed.

Thank you!

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u/gueond 12d ago

If i may ask, what are those food in the picture OP?

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u/simoonne 12d ago

Hummus dips, garlic spread and old cheese spread! And brieeee

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u/boogielollipop 12d ago

Yay for the Albert Heijn with their awesome fresh dips aisle!

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u/glamgal50 12d ago

Happy Birthday! Hope you have many more happy days ahead of you!

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u/TheEffanIneffable 12d ago

So proud of you. Happy Birthday!

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u/topboooy 12d ago

Happy Birthday!! Wishing for many more to come for you!!!🥳🥳🥳

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u/anna_lea 12d ago

this sparks joy :')

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u/Chickat28 12d ago

That's a lot of dip. Happy Birthday

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u/Dtoodlez 12d ago

Happy birthday buddy, wish you all the best. It’s been a rough couple years, especially for people dealing w mental health, I’m glad you found your way to stand on your feet again. Try to remember, you’re not alone. We all need to talk about the stuff that bothers us more, that’s what helped me relate to others and start to find my way back again. No matter how shitty you feel, someone else out there feels the exact same way, and lots more can relate. Good luck to you on your road forward, keep treating yourself well.

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u/rolenzo001 12d ago

Feliz cumpleaños mi amiga! Glad you slayed the depression dragon. Thats how a patient describe to me how her depression felt. Enclosed in a cave with a dragon lurking outside ready to devour her if she wasn't alert. I felt this was an apt description, and l wish you continued success as you claim back your life. And what better day for your breakthrough than on your birthday!

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u/aintinkansas 12d ago

Made an account just so I could like this

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u/Condawg 12d ago

That's fucking awesome! Good work on your progress, and please keep making beautiful days for yourself!

You've inspired me to do something similar. I don't know what. My birthday's next month, and I haven't done anything for it since I was a kid. I've also had a transformational year, mental health-wise, and it'd be nice to celebrate that a bit outside of therapy. No clue what form that'll take yet, but deciding to do something fun that day is already making me look forward to it, and that hasn't happened since I was a kid either.

Thanks for treating yourself well, you're an accidental inspiration! For this, you should treat yourself better, see how far we can push this thing!

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u/electricdynamite 12d ago

I can never find a reason to get a bunch of dips and just snack for dinner, but I now realize I want to.

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u/theSealclubberr 12d ago

Tell me youre Dutch without telling me youre Dutch :)

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u/Rad_Resistant 12d ago

Happy birthday. I wish you well and remember that everything is going to be alright